I love these eight horror movies of 2016 listed below blew my freaking mind and they all deal with women and their relationships, with each other, with themselves and with the world they live in and the psychosis they experience and are forced to deal with when pushed to extremes. n fact, many of them might just be some of the finest and most effective dark fantasies and psychodramas I’ve ever seen.
Nicolas Pesce’s dark, slow and atmospheric monochrome character study follows a young woman who, because of a perverse and shattering childhood trauma, grows up irrevocably insane. Her mother was an ex-surgeon who taught her a few things about eyeballs and now, as an adult, she puts these techniques into lethal practice. The Eyes of My Mother is grounded by its lead actress’ performance and Kika Magalhaes’ Francisca is a revelation.
Mickey Keating’s psychodrama is probably my favorite horror film of the year. Not because the subject matter is revelatory. It’s yet another girl-goes-insane-in-the-city psychodrama. I loved his atonal editing choices and bombastic use of sound and music. Sure, it has its roots in Polanksi’s breakthrough film Repulsion but doesn’t every movie like this owe its mania to that movie? Lauren Ashley Carter gives us a sympathetic psycho and Keating – a real deal master of cinema – shows an uncanny ability to make the mundane feel supernatural.
It is a devastating domestic drama uses the monster of the title to draw together a trapped mother and daughter, whose volatile relationship has reached its apex. Monster is scary, draped in roadside shadows as it stalks the pair in their broken down car, but it’s this central relationship that anchors the movie. This is a sophisticated horror movie made for adults.
It is directed by Mike Flanagan and it is one of the years best horror. Check out the trailer below.